The following movie reel was filmed by the late Ben Young, and was transferred from his 16mm Kodachrome camera original. Shots include:
00:00 Start at the Chicago loop, 1.79 miles in length, and forms the hub of the Chicago Transit Authority’s electric elevated rail service, TITLE card is the CNS&M logo.
01:29 Passing rail tower on the loop
02:21 Passing CTA train, going north
03:15 Full speed north to Milwaukee
03:50 Passing Electroliner train, and some freight action
04:15 Grade crossing with sign FAST TRAIN APPROACHING, DO NOT STOP ON TRACKS
5:50 passing Harrison Avenue
06:05 Homewood shops
06:30 Crossing into Milwaukee
06:42 Milwaukee Station
07:14 Milwaukee Road Railroad Station with Hiawatha Diesel train leaving station
08:17 Milwaukee Trolleys, downtown area of town to end of reel.
Milwaukee streetcar service began May 30, 1860 with horse drawn cars. Electrified April 3, 1890, the last streetcar operated until May 2, 1958. The service was provided by the Milwaukee Electric railroad and Light Company. After a survey was made, residents preferred trackless trolleys of buses.
11:54 End of Milwaukee film
The next part of the film shows operations on the "Third Avenue Elevated" and Brooklyn trolley lines. The Third Avenue El was the last full remnant of an operated elevated railway running through the length of Manhattan. It operated between 1878 and closed in 1955. It was an icon to New York City, becoming famous like the Empire State Building and the Automat. The rail line, part of the IRT, operated with ancient wooden, electrically powered cars. The following reel was filmed by the late Ben Young, and is transferred from his original 16mm film.
The trip starts northbound from the Chatham Square station. Operations to South Ferry was discontinued in 1950 but is covered in a short film The Vanishing El.
12:20 James Street near China Town
12:40 Canal Street Station, looking south to Chatham Square where branches went to City Hall and South Ferry
13:07 Bowery, seen from entrance to Williamsburg Bridge
13:49 Lower east side area
14:12 From street level, 3rd Avenue was known for Pawn shops
14:43 Canal Street station
15:18 Cooper Square with red GMC bus
15:52 Riding El uptown
16:05 23rd Street Station, multi level
16:46 34th Street, had an overhead pedestrian bridge. A branch extended to the east side but was closed in 1930
20:23 47th Street area
20:50 129th Street area
21:03 near Harlem River
21:20 Harlem River crossing and passing near railroad freight yards
21:50 Black and white footage of Bronx area
The Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad was an all electrically operated rail system that connected the Chicago Inner Loop, to center city Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The railroad operated with multiple unit, electric cars, powered from either a third rail, or overhead trolley wire. The Electroliner was a 1941 built train, and offered fast and comfortable service between the two cities. The rail road served several military installations including the Great Lakes naval training center near North Chicago and Fort Sheridan.The railroad operated between the 1920s and ended service in January 1963. The rail cars were sold off to museums or scrapped, as were the motor locomotives used for freight. The two Electroliner sets were sold to Philadelphia Transit, and upon retirement, were sold to the Rails to Yesterday Trolley Museum at Rockhill Furness, Pa., and to the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Ill., where their train set has been cosmetically restored and operates.
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